OGDEN -- Weber County official Mike Caldwell has registered his campaign committee in preparation for running for mayor of Ogden in November's general election.
The registration allows Caldwell to accept campaign contributions and expend funds before the regular candidate filing period that extends from July 1 to July 15, said Ogden Recorder Cindi Mansell.
Caldwell, 40, has worked for the county since 2002 and is employed as its public information officer, RAMP grant program manager and director of the Ice Sheet.
Caldwell, an Ogden native, said a number of residents have encouraged him to run for mayor.
"I have a great love for the community and want to see it continue to do good things," he said Monday.
Caldwell also said he has a proven track record of leadership in Weber County and, if elected mayor, would continue to focus on economic development projects to benefit the city.
He also vowed to protect Ogden's open spaces and make the city's trail systems more accessible.
Caldwell plans to unveil more specifics regarding his campaign platform in the next few weeks.
In addition to working for Weber County, Caldwell has served as president of the Ogden/Weber Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Caldwell is also a board member for the Greater Ogden Athletic Legacy Foundation and serves on the Weber Pathways board. He is an honorary commander of the 4th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base and has a bachelor's degree in public relations from Weber State University.
He and his wife, Cathrina, are the parents of two daughters, ages 8 and 10.
Caldwell is the third candidate to register his campaign committee for mayor. City Councilman Brandon Stephenson and Jonny Ballard, the city's community development manager, also have registered.
Mayor Matthew Godfrey said he will decide in April whether to seek a fourth term in November's election. Still, he's impressed with the slate of candidates who so far have indicated they are running.
"These guys are very capable," he said. "It's good to see that, whether or not I run."
The salary for Ogden's mayor will increase from the current level of about $80,294 a year to $108,857 effective Jan. 3.